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CANNES 2017 Market / Italy

Teodora to distribute the Palme d’Or and Grand Prix winners in Italian theatres

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- CANNES 2017: Razzini and Petrillo’s company has acquired The Square and BPM (Beats Per Minute); successful pre-sales for Loro by Paolo Sorrentino, production of which will kick off in July

Teodora to distribute the Palme d’Or and Grand Prix winners in Italian theatres
The Square by Ruben Östlund

Back at the Cannes Film Market this year, which saw record attendance levels, Teodora has announced that it has acquired the winners of two of the main awards. Vieri Razzini and Cesare Petrillo’s company will distribute the Palme d’Or winner, Ruben Östlund’s The Square [+see also:
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, in Italy, as well as BPM (Beats Per Minute) [+see also:
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 by Robin Campillo, which won the Grand Prix and was acquired shortly before the festival. These two movies are joined by The Workshop [+see also:
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, the new opus by Laurent Cantet, presented to much fanfare in the Un Certain Regard section.

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Lucisano Media Group has acquired the Italian distribution rights to five foreign films: the thriller Georgetown, which marks the directorial debut by Viennese actor Christoph Waltz, who also stars in the film alongside Vanessa RedgraveMegan Leavey, a drama directed by documentarian Gabriela Cowperthwaite, starring Kate MaraDepartures by Peter HutchingsAilo’s Journey, a documentary helmed by Guillaume Maidatchevsky; and Escape Plan 3 by Steven C Miller, starring Sylvester Stallone

Four films were acquired by Officine UbuBack to Burgundy [+see also:
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 by French director Cédric Klapisch (Pot Luck), which was being sold at Cannes by StudioCanalGrace Jones – Bloodlight and Bami [+see also:
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by Sophie FiennesJoint Custody [+see also:
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, a comedy by Alexandra Leclère (The Roommates Party [+see also:
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) sold by Wild Bunch; and Sergio & Sergei by Ernesto Dranas (WestEnd), a comedy based on the real-life radio friendship struck up between a Cuban man and a Russian astronaut in orbit on the Mir space station at the end of the Cold War.

Notorious Pictures came back clutching eight titles, including Richard Says Goodbye by Wayne Roberts, starring Johnny Depp, and The Full House [+see also:
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, a French romantic comedy directed by Emmanuel Gillibert. Other new titles featuring on the line-up of the company headed up by Guglielmo Marchetti are The Last Full Measure by Todd RobinsonAsterix: The Secret of the Magic Potion [+see also:
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 by Louis Clichy and Alexandre AstierThe Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir [+see also:
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 by Ken Scott, starring Dhanush and Bérénice Bejo, based on Romain Puértolas’ international bestseller, and lastly Patrick by British director Mandie Fletcher.

At the Film Market, Draka Distribution acquired David Moreau’s Alone, based on the comic book by Bruno Gazzotti and Fabien Vehlmann, from French company StudioCanal.  

In terms of sales, during the festival Variety revealed that the new film by Oscar-winning director Paolo SorrentinoLoro [+see also:
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, has notched up a huge number of pre-sales – it is slated to go into production in July with Indigo Film. The film being sold by Pathé, in which Toni Servillo will don the blue blazer of Silvio Berlusconi, will be distributed in Germany (DCM), Spain (DeAPlaneta), Benelux (Belga), Poland (Gutek), Greece (Feelgood), the CIS, which includes nine of the 16 republics of the former Soviet Union (Aone), the Czech Republic and Slovakia (Aero Films), the former Yugoslavia (McF), Hungary (Mozinet) and Israel (Lev). Pathé will be in charge of distributing the film in France and Switzerland.

True Colours sold the rights to Lucky [+see also:
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 by Sergio Castellitto, presented in the Un Certain Regard section of the festival, to French firm Paname Distribution, Fenix Distribuidora for Latin America and Stars Media for the former Yugoslavia, as well as to Greece (Seven Films), China (Times Vision), Hungary (Mozinet) and Bulgaria (Bulgaria Film Vision). Negotiations are still under way for Spain. The comedy Husband & Wife [+see also:
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 by Simone Godano was sold to Swallow Wings (Taiwan), Estinfilm (Estonia), Times Vision (China), Film Medya (Turkey) and New People Film Company (Russia). In addition, Naples in Veils [+see also:
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 by Ferzan Ozpetek, currently in production, was pre-sold to Swallow Wings for Taiwanese distribution.

German international sales agent The Match Factory sold Sicilian Ghost Story [+see also:
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 by Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza - the opening film of the Critics' Week - to Altitude Film Entertainment for the UK and Ireland, to Beijing Hugoeast Media Co for China, Providence Filmes for Brazil, Cirko Film for Hungary, Danaos for Greece and AS Fidalgo Film Distribution for Norway.

(Translated from Italian)

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